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Title:Ideology as Political Weapon: How Bartol's Alamut Challenges the Justice of Plato's Republic
Author(s):Patel, Krupa
Contributor(s):Byrd, Jodi
Subject(s):ideology
Plato
totalitarianism
orientalism
terrorism
deception
justice
Abstract:I explore Vladimir Bartol's Alamut, drawing on its sociopolitical context in 1938 Slovenia, as a cautionary tale about potential unjust consequences of putting into practice Plato's model of a just city-state, as described in the Republic (380 BC). I also investigate how key structures of Platos republic have been applied to ideologically driven European totalitarian states and modern terrorist organizations, such as al-Qaeda, and argue that the injustice of such institutions has its origins in the deception at the core of their guiding creeds. Following the critiques of Jasbir Puar and Amit Rai in Monster, Terrorist, Fag (2002), I conclude by addressing how Alamut, as a novel that cautions against ideologies, advances particular racial ideologies itself regarding the Middle Easts relationship to terrorism. I explore key implications of this understanding of the novel as we consider the inherent dangers of the inescapable tool that is ideology.
Issue Date:2016
Citation Info:Patel, Krupa. (2016, April). "Ideology as Political Weapon: How Bartol's Alamut Challenges the Justice of Plato's Republic." Session presented at Undergraduate Research Symposium, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Illinois.
Genre:Conference Poster
Type:Text
Language:English
URI:http://hdl.handle.net/2142/90244
Rights Information:Copyright 2016 Krupa Patel
Date Available in IDEALS:2016-06-07


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